Glenance Green shades in the nuances and contours through her work as a poet, playwright, filmmaker, scholar, and activist. She directs A G Thing, a creative performance agency, and is also the creator of Melanin Voices, a performance collective series of poetry and live literature purposed to showcase the local, unsung voices in literature and highlight the narratives illuminated from their writings. These largely scripted shows, inclusive of poetry, short stories, vignettes, fiction, and non-fiction work of various Chicago artists, are weaved together to create a beautiful narrative. She is producing Melanin Voices for Puerto Rico, a live show and benefit at the Breathing Room space on 51st and Bishop, this Friday evening.
Mother Nature is up and running. The Chicago rap duo, consisting of emcees Klevah and T.R.U.T.H., has brought forth some banging recent releases, just rocked the Reggies stage, and just got back from a New York-area run of shows. The pair pops up to AirGo to talk movement, creating as artist-educators, and more.
You might be able to spot Cqqchifruit from a mile away. The DJ, visual creator, and space-creator wears an aesthetic that sparkles, shines, innovates, and reimagines concepts of gender, Caribbean diaspora, and nightlife. The cofounder of Pilsen party standout Trqpiteca, she DJs across the world. She is also a certified Reiki Master.
Brandon Breaux is a visual artist whose dynamic work across media has become immensely recognizable across the city and beyond. He is the visionary behind Chance the Rapper's album artwork, and has recently created painting, sculpture, web, video, print, and interactive media projects. He also appeared as a gallery contributor at AirGo's very first We 'Go Chicago Showcase and Celebration, way back in 2015. Is this appearance the basis of all of his success? Perhaps...
Coriama Couture goes there, without any fuckery. She is a writer, style envisioner, activist, and host/creator of Sex KiKi, a regular gathering and podcast in different areas of the city at which open, moderated, and meaningful conversation around sex and sexuality flourishes. She's also getting ready to launch a new talk show, which she discusses with Damon and Daniel, who may be out of their depth on this one.
Jacinda Bullie and Jaquanda Villegas are the co-founders of Kuumba Lynx, a hip hop arts collective and community based in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. The squad leads all kinds of to-the-root liberation-based collective creation, including: the annual Hip Hop Theater Festival, Half-Pint Poetics, a perennial contending team at Louder than a Bomb, and much more. From the classroom, to the stage, to the streets, Kuumba Lynx is a family of fire fighting for liberation through creation.
Rich Jones knows everyone, and they smile when you mention his name. He's a Chicago music scene veteran, rapper, and curator of the ongoing concert series All Smiles at the Tonic Room. Straddling the line with indie pop, he brings bounce to his music and the spaces he builds. He is performing Thursday evening as part of a Puerto Rico benefit show at Chop Shop, alongside AirGo alum Ravyn Lenae, the O'My's, and Boathouse.
It's a Chicago radical podcast meeting of the minds as Ashley Tribble comes on AirGo. Tribbz is the host and producer of P Power Radio, a podcast that shares stories of millennial women and the history that has shaped the world they are working to change. Ashley currently holds a residency at AMFM, the Pilsen studio and gallery founded by AirGo alum Ciera McKissick, and does standup across the city.